Why Now?

BECAUSE A CULTURAL REFORM HAS BEEN DEMANDED

The prevalence of harmful behaviours in educational settings has been brought to light by:

·      The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Change The Course,

·      Elizabeth Broderick & Co’s Cultural Renewal at the University of Sydney Residential Colleges,

·      End Rape on Campus’ Red Zone Report,

·      The Hunting Ground Project,

·      Universities Australia campaign Respect. Now. Always. and,

·      Fair Agenda’s campaigns.

Now, more than ever, is it imperative that universities and residences provide safe, respectful and violence-free environments.

As recommended by these reports, in order for change to occur, a whole-of-community framework for prevention of sexual assault and harassment must be forged. Prevention education must engage with the students, who are facing and in some cases perpetuating this issue day in-day out. Only through authentic student engagement can reform truly be realised.

 
 

WHY US?

AS PEER TO PEER, FACE TO FACE, WE BELIEVE WE CAN INSPIRE CHANGE

Too often have we seen students falling asleep in consent talks, ticking ‘I understand’ impulsively to rush through online trainings and knowing a legal definition of 'rape’ but not how some of their own behaviours could be affecting others within their community. As young adults we can connect on a greater level to the audience and deliver training that is engaging and ultimately effective in promoting positive change in your community.

 
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OUR STORY

As two consecutive Presidents of a Residential College (2016-17), we led significant cultural change around mental health and the support of victims of sexual harassment and assault. Working alongside a team of student leaders, staff and the broader student body, together we reassessed traditions, began calling out harmful behaviour and created an improved community. The outcomes of this work has been referred to as world leading on improving student well-being.

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OUR SOLUTION

Our experience tells us that meaningful change is only realised when all parties are aligned - the Board, Staff and Students. We believe we can enhance what is already being done by College Administrations in response to the AHRC Change The Course report, by engaging with the students. Through our relatable experiences and understanding of our generation, we hope to connect with your students and inspire them to engage in their own process of change from the bottom up.